South Carolina General Assembly
123rd Session, 2019-2020

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H. 3174

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. Elliott, Tallon, G.R. Smith, Taylor, Cogswell, Dillard, Norrell, Felder, Daning and Hixon
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Introduced in the House on January 8, 2019
Introduced in the Senate on April 10, 2019
Last Amended on April 9, 2019
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Transportation

Summary: Bicycles, electric-assisted

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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  12/18/2018  House   Prefiled
  12/18/2018  House   Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works
    1/8/2019  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 117)
    1/8/2019  House   Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works 
                        (House Journal-page 117)
   1/15/2019  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Felder
   1/17/2019  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Daning, Hixon
    4/3/2019  House   Committee report: Favorable with amendment Education and 
                        Public Works (House Journal-page 4)
    4/4/2019          Scrivener's error corrected
    4/9/2019  House   Amended (House Journal-page 87)
    4/9/2019  House   Read second time (House Journal-page 87)
    4/9/2019  House   Roll call Yeas-107  Nays-1 (House Journal-page 88)
   4/10/2019  House   Read third time and sent to Senate 
                        (House Journal-page 11)
   4/10/2019  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 13)
   4/10/2019  Senate  Referred to Committee on Transportation 
                        (Senate Journal-page 13)
   4/10/2019          Scrivener's error corrected

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

12/18/2018
4/3/2019
4/4/2019
4/9/2019
4/10/2019

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AMENDED

April 9, 2019

H. 3174

Introduced by Reps. Elliott, Tallon, G.R. Smith, Taylor, Cogswell, Dillard, Norrell, Felder, Daning and Hixon

S. Printed 4/9/19--H.    [SEC 4/10/19 1:34 PM]

Read the first time January 8, 2019.

            

A BILL

TO AMEND SECTION 56-1-10, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO CERTAIN TERMS AND THEIR DEFINITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES, SO AS TO PROVIDE DEFINITIONS FOR THE TERMS "ELECTRIC-ASSIST BICYCLES" AND "BICYCLES WITH HELPER MOTORS"; AND BY ADDING SECTION 56-5-3520 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BICYCLISTS OPERATING ELECTRIC-ASSIST BICYCLES SHALL BE SUBJECT TO ALL STATUTORY PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO BICYCLISTS.

Amend Title To Conform

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    Section 56-1-10 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding the following appropriately numbered item at the end:

"( )    'Electric-assist bicycles' and 'bicycles with helper motors' mean low-speed electrically assisted bicycles with two or three wheels, each having fully operable pedals and an electric motor of no more than 750 watts, or one horsepower, and a top motor-powered speed of less than twenty miles an hour when operated by a rider weighing one hundred seventy pounds on a paved level surface, that meet the requirements of the Federal Consumer Product Code provided in 16 C.F.R., Part 1512, and that operate in a manner such that the electric motor disengages or ceases to function when their brakes are applied. Manufacturers and distributors of electric-assist bicycles shall apply a label that is affixed permanently, in a prominent location, to each electric-assist bicycle, indicating its wattage and maximum electrically assisted speed. The owner or user of an electric-assist bicycle shall not remove or tamper with the label. If a user tampers with or modifies an electric-assist bicycle, changing the speed capability, he must replace the label indicating the vehicle's wattage or horsepower. Electric-assist bicycles and bicycles with helper motors are not mopeds."

SECTION    2.        Article 27, Chapter 5, Title 56 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 56-5-3520. Bicyclists operating bicycles with helper motors, as defined in Section 56-1-10, are subject to all statutory provisions applicable to bicyclists, as provided in Section 56-5-3420."

SECTION    3.        This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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